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Monday, April 21, 2003


Bangladesh has become the host of Asia/Pacific Regional Summit Meeting of Councils 2004, to be held in February 16-19 in Dhaka. The meeting is expected to provide inputs on the state of achievement, challenges and potentials of micro credit in the backdrop of the United Nations International Year of Micro Credit 2005.
Post and Telecommunications Minister Barrister Aminul Haque Sunday announced that all mobile telephones would soon have access to and from the fixed telephones owned by the T&T. An agreement to this effect was signed between Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) and four private mobile telephone companies, Grameen, Citycell, Aktel and Seba, the Minister told a press conference yesterday.

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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and signed a protocol on annual consultation at Foreign Secretary level. The protocol was signed following a one-hour official talks between Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at the PM’s Office yesterday afternoon.

The peace process in Sri Lanka appeared to have figured prominently in the formal talks between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday.

 Visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Bangladesh’s Leader of the Opposition, Sheikh Hasina in a meeting yesterday , underscored the need for “much deeper bilateral relations” in the economic field under the belt of SAARC.

 Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga today urged the Bangladeshi business community to launch initiatives for reactivating business endeavours under the umbrella of SAARC. "Sri Lanka strongly believes in the SAARC process. The SAARC has a good future," she said while exchanging views at an `interactive session' with leaders of various business forum and leading Bangladeshi entrepreneurs at Hotel Sonargaon yesterday.

 Indian troops shot dead nine rebels in Kashmir's border district of Poonch, 240 kilometres (150 miles) west of the state's winter capital Jammu. A police spokesman said Sunday the soldiers killed seven infiltrators while they were trying to cross over into Indian territory in the border village of Nara Balnoi in Poonch district's Mendhar area.

Two years after clearing the sale of US-Israeli manufactured Phalcon radars for India's ambitious airborne early warning and control system (AWACS), Washington is still to give the go ahead for the supply and New Delhi has expressed its deep concern over the long delay.

 The Afghan authorities say five people have died and 25 are missing in flash floods in the south of the country. A spokesman for the governor of Helmand province said five houses had been destroyed in the Baghni Baghran district, as well as roads and farmland.

Top Pakistani rock band Junoon have joined Indian folk singer Anaida in a concert to promote peace. The concert, held in the Pakistani city of Karachi, was designed to show that the two countries could live in peace without the threat of nuclear war.

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The United Nations and international aid agencies accused the US military of deliberately hindering the relief programme by stopping relief flights from coming into northern Iraq. The UN has 30 workers stuck in Larnaca, Cyprus, after failing to get security clearance from US military authorities for their own planned flight.

 Saddam Hussein's son-in-law and one of the toppled Iraqi leader's bodyguards surrendered to an Iraqi opposition group after returning from Syria, where they had gone into hiding, the group said Sunday.

 South Korea on Monday accepted a North Korean proposal to hold Cabinet-level talks on April 27-29 in Pyongyang, officials said. South Korea's Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun accepted the North Korean offer in a telephone message, his office said.

 The Chinese leadership took dramatic action to end a cover-up of the SARS epidemic by revealing 14 new deaths and hundreds of cases, sacking two senior officials and canceling May Day holidays as the worldwide death toll climbed to 204. The move followed international criticism of China's handling of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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Rain spoilt the TVS Cup final between India and South Africa at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The day-night match was called off without a ball being bowled as a violent thundershower lashed the city for about 30 minutes before the scheduled start.

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